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Growing Garlic

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(Best months for growing Garlic in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant cloves

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 5 inches apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes
  • Almost ready to harvest
  • Garlic cloves
  • Young garlic shoots

Garlic is traditionally planted in cold weather and harvested in summer ("plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest"). Plant the cloves (separated from the bulb), point upwards, deep enough to just cover with soil. A fairly tough and easy-growing plant but in better soil with regular watering you will get a better crop. On poorer soil, and forgetting to water them, you will still get some garlic, only not quite so much, maybe just a single large bulb.

Leave a garlic to go to seed, and you will probably get plenty of self-sown plants the following year.

To keep for later use, dig up and leave to dry out for a day or so after the green shoots die down. To use immediately, pull up a head when you need it, or cut and use the green shoots.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Garlic

Cut the growing shoots or use the entire young garlic plants as 'garlic greens' in stir-fry.

Your comments and tips

14 Jun 19, James Agius (Australia - temperate climate)
thanks for the advise james
14 Jun 19, Jill (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have an 8cm tray. Would this be deep enough to grow garlic in?
18 Jun 19, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you want to check it 3 times a day to see if the soil is moist enough.
13 Jun 19, Michael Archer (Australia - temperate climate)
Well, I thought that the little clove of garlic that I plucked 2 weeks ago was a bit odd, but today 13th June another fully matured single clove. Planted in early March . The rest look good and on time I think
07 Jun 19, James Agius (Australia - temperate climate)
hi my name is jim I live in cairns far north qld can i grow garlic now in june
10 Jun 19, (Australia - tropical climate)
yes
09 Jun 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi Jim, have a look at this page https://www.gardenate.com/plant/Garlic?zone=4
02 May 19, Lou (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi this is my second year growing garlic. This years crop the above ground green is going yellow. Is there something I maybe lacking in fertiliser or lime. Thanks in advance Cheers Lou
12 May 19, David Warland (Australia - temperate climate)
Gday Lou, could be a few things, Nitrogen of course, but, it could well be magnesium, trace elements etc. Get a pH test done on you soil, garlic like most veggies like acidic soil, I aim for 6.5 in my garlic beds. Is your soil well draining ? Try some blood and bone and add some extra magnesuium Sulphate, (epsom salts).If your pH is too high, you must lower it, or risk poor or no crop.
07 May 19, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably lacks nitrogen
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